Super duper Lydia Ko just keeps on keeping on don't she? Lydia won her second major of her young career, the ANA Inspiration in California, which puts her in rare-air along with some joker from the 1800's.
Ko finished -12, a shot ahead of Charley Hull and In Gee Chun to snap up her 12th career win. In typical Lydia fashion, she kept it low key and was simply happy to have another win to her name, just another example of why Lydia is the lovely character that she is.
Ko was the major benefactor of Ariya Jutanugarn's collapse through the last three holes as the Thai golfer bogeyed each hole, leaving the door for the consistent Ko.
Consistent Ko who shot par or better over 41 consecutive holes since her second round of this tournament. Consistent Ko means clutch Ko as our favourite female athlete in the world hit two birdies and nothing worse than par through her final round.
Ko started slow once again with 70, before shooting 68, 69 and 69.
Ko did feel a few nerves (or merely a realisation of what was needed) though, as she told the LPGA...
“Probably 17 because that’s when I first really got to see the scoreboard and where I was positioned, what I needed to do,” said Ko. “Obviously making that putt on 11 and 13 was crucial, too, but just not knowing anything, I wanted to focus on my game and just what I could control, but on 17 I knew what I needed to do. Something like a miracle needed to happen, so I think 17 was probably the most crucial putt.”
A dose of context is always nice, even if Ko is gunning to over take Inbee Park. Park has six major wins since the start of 2011 and super duper Lydia only has two.
Super duper Lydia is the first female golfer to earn over a million dollars this season, next best is Ha Na Jang on $617,000.
Super duper Lydia is over 500 points clear of Jang in the Race To CME Globe standings with 1,971 points.
Super duper Lydia is still the only player to average below 69 per round (68.625).
Super duper Lydia has moved up to 4th in Greens In Regulation, sitting on 78.5% (Jang is on 82.1%).
Super duper Lydia is 53 points clear of Jang in the Rolex Player Of The Year standings with 123 points.
Super duper Lydia is 2nd in average birdies per round, shooting 4.54 birdies per round (In Gee Chun averages 4.58). Ko and Chun are the only players to average over 4.5 birdies per round.